Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Currently serving a fourth consecutive four year term as Chief of the Penticton Indian Band (PIB), Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has served the Band as Chief for a total of 14 years. In addition, he served as an elected Band Councilor for a 10-year period.
In October 2006, the Okanagan Nation, led by the Elders of the Penticton Indian Band, acknowledged his lifetime commitment to the defense of Indigenous Peoples' Title and Rights by bestowing on him and his family the rare honour of the name of Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.
Over the last 34 years, he has worked within the Penticton Indian Band Administration and held a variety of positions such as, Band Administrator, Director of Land Management, Education Counselor, Economic Development Officer and Band Planner.
Aside from serving as a member of the PIB council for a total of 24 years, he is proud to be in his fourth three-year term as the President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
He has taken an active role in the defense of Aboriginal Title and Rights by readily offering support to Native communities in need. He has taken a personal approach seeing first-hand the impact of fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago, lobbying on Parliament Hill to defeat the First Nations Governance Act, standing with Elders of Treaty 8 against oil and gas development in the Peace River, burning referendum ballots with fellow chiefs in protest and has stood on the steps of the Legislature with 3000 other people united under the Title and Rights Alliance banner.
Grand Chief Phillip is also a member of the seven member BC First Nations Leadership Council which is comprised of the executive members of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the First Nations Summit and the BC Assembly of First Nations.
Grand Chief Phillip has been married for twenty-three years to his wife Joan. They have four grown sons, two daughters, four granddaughters and four grandsons. He is currently enjoying his 21st year of sobriety. In this regard, he is a firm believer in leading by example.
Chief Robert Shintah
A member of the St’at’imc Nation, Chief Robert Shintah is the political chief of Ts’kw’aylaxw. He is the son of Lawrence and Madeline Shintah. Robert has been married to his wife Debi for thirty-one years and together they have two daughters. He is also very proud of their three beautiful grandchildren.
Robert has been a chief in his community since l997. Robert and his family own and operate an independent gas bar and store in his home community. He also works as a heavy-duty mechanic at Graymont Mines.
Robert served as Chairperson for the Lillooet Tribal Council. When Ts’kw’aylaxw was involved in the BC treaty process, he filled the role of chief negotiator.
Chief Shintah is also a member of the seven member BC First Nations Leadership Council which is comprised of the executive members of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the First Nations Summit and the BC Assembly of First Nations.
Robert is an open, honest and outspoken person who is committed to working toward the improvement of the lives of aboriginal people. He strongly believes that this can be achieved through unity and self-reliance. He is committed to protecting Aboriginal Title and Rights.
Chief Lynda Price
Chief Lynda Price is Chief for the Ulkatcho Indian Band, Carrier Nation. Chief Price is the first woman elected to the UBCIC Executive.
Chief Lynda Price is a proud mother of two children, Carey and Kayla. Chief Price was elected to a second term as Chief of the Ulkatcho Indian Band and is a member of the First Nations Leadership Council.